The main monument to the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue across from the Brian Farm. (Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove tour map) The State of New Jersey dedicated the monument on June 30th, 1888.
There is also a monument to the 12th New Jersey on the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia.
A marker at the Bliss farm site commemorates the actions of detachments of the regiment in the struggle for the important position between the Union and Confederate lines. It was dedicated in 1888.
Major John T. Hill commanded the 12th New Jersey Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 532 men to the field.
From the front of the monument
In memory of the men of the Twelfth Regiment New Jersey Infantry Volunteers who fell upon this field July 2d & 3d 1863, and who elsewhere died under the flag. This monument is dedicated by their surviving comrades as an example to future generations.
12th Regt. N.J. Vol.
A bas-relief at the base of the monument shows the fighting around the Bliss barn.
From the right side
“Buck & Ball Calibre .69.”
Two charges were made by this regiment on Bliss Barn
July 2d & 3d 1863 capturing it
Strength at muster in 992
Gained 907, total 1899
Died in service, officers 9, enlisted men 252.
Lost on this field
Killed 2 officers, 20 men
Wounded, 4 officers, 80 men.
Missing 9, Total 115.
“Buck and ball Calibre .69” refers to the common load of one ball and three buckshot used in the regiment’s smoothbore muskets, represented by the balls on the top of the monument.
From the front of the marker at the Bliss farm site:
Erected by the State of New Jersey A.D. 1888 in honor of the 12th Regiment of Volunteers a detachment of which in the afternoon of July 2, 1863. charged the Bliss house and barn here capturing the enemy’s skirmish reserve of 7 officers and 85 men stationed therein.
From the rear
On the morning of July 3, another detachment of the regiment charged capturing the buildings and one officer and one man and driving back the skirmish reserve. The regiment lost in these charges 60 officers and men.
Location of the monument to the 12th New Jersey Infantry at Gettysburg
The monument to the 12th New Jersey is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Hancock Avenue. It Is about 35 yards south of the Bryan Barn. (39°48’54.5″N 77°14’07.6″W)